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Kawhi Leonard to skip USA Basketball mini-camp; George Hill, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added to the roster

Jul 16, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

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USA Basketball will hold a four-day mini-camp in Las Vegas following the conclusion of Summer League beginning on July 22, and while the roster was originally set to include Kawhi Leonard, that will no longer be the case.

Leonard will miss the mini-camp “while rehabbing from a long season,” USA Basketball announced on Tuesday via official release. He started all 21 playoff games for the Spurs and played 36.9 minutes per contest in the postseason, so considering that the Finals wrapped up less than a month ago, sitting this event out to get some rest makes perfect sense.

The organization also announced that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and George Hill would be added to the roster, along with Marcus Smart from Oklahoma State University.

Hill was an important part of the Pacers’ playoff run this past season, while MKG and Smart come in with prior USA Basketball experience. Kidd-Gilchrist was a member of the 2011 USA Junior Select Team that won the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit, and was a part of the 2010 USA U17 World Championship Team that finished 8-0 and captured the gold medal.

The mini-camp roster now stands at 29 players, and is reprinted below in its entirety.

2013 USA Basketball Men’s National Team Mini-Camp Roster

NAME                                    POS       HGT       WGT      DOB       NBA TEAM / COLLEGE

Ryan Anderson                        F            6-10        240      05/06/88    New Orleans Pelicans / California

Harrison Barnes                       F            6-8          210      05/30/92    Golden State Warriors / North Carolina

Bradley Beal                             G           6-5          207      06/28/93    Washington Wizards / Florida

Mike Conley                            G            6-1          185      10/11/87    Memphis Grizzlies / Ohio State

DeMarcus Cousins                    C          6-11        270      08/13/90    Sacramento Kings / Kentucky

Anthony Davis                        F/C          6-10        220      03/11/93    New Orleans Pelicans / Kentucky

DeMar DeRozan                      G            6-7          216      08/07/89    Toronto Raptors / USC

Andre Drummond                    C            6-10        270      09/10/93    Detroit Pistons / Connecticut

Kenneth Faried                        F             6-8          228      11/19/89    Denver Nuggets / Morehead State

Derrick Favors                       F/C          6-10        248      07/15/91    Utah Jazz / Georgia Tech

Paul George                            F/G         6-8          221      05/02/90    Indiana Pacers / Fresno State

Taj Gibson                               F            6-9          225      06/24/85    Chicago Bulls / USC

Gordon Hayward                      F           6-8          210      03/23/90    Utah Jazz / Butler

George Hill                               G           6-2          190      05/04/86    Indiana Pacers / IUPUI

Jrue Holiday                             G           6-4          205      06/12/90    New Orleans Pelicans / UCLA

Kyrie Irving                             G           6-3          191      03/23/92    Cleveland Cavaliers / Duke

DeAndre Jordan                       C           6-11        265      07/21/88    Los Angeles Clippers / Texas A&M

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist             F           6-7          232      09/26/93    Charlotte Bobcats / Kentucky

Ty Lawson                               G           5-11        195      11/03/87    Denver Nuggets / North Carolina

Damian Lillard                         G           6-3          195      07/15/90    Portland Trail Blazers / Weber State

Greg Monroe                            C          6-11        250      06/04/90    Detroit Pistons / Georgetown

Chandler Parsons                     F           6-9          227      10/25/88    Houston Rockets / Florida

Larry Sanders                           C           6-11        235      11/21/88    Milwaukee Bucks / VCU

Marcus Smart                           G           6-4          200      03/06/94    Oklahoma State University (2016)

Klay Thompson                       G           6-7          205      02/08/90    Golden State Warriors / Washington State

Dion Waiters                           G            6-4          215      12/10/91    Cleveland Cavaliers / Syracuse

Kemba Walker                          G          6-1          184      05/08/90    Charlotte Bobcats / Connecticut

John Wall                                G            6-4          195      09/06/90    Washington Wizards / Kentucky

Tyler Zeller                             F/C          7-0          250      01/17/90    Cleveland Cavaliers / North Carolina


Managing Director:  Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball

Head Coach:  Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University

Assistant Coach:  Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University

Assistant Coach:  Tom Thibodeau, Chicago Bulls

Assistant Coach:  Monty Williams, New Orleans Pelicans

Athletic Trainer:  Gregg Farnam, Minnesota Timberwolves

Athletic Trainer:  Joe Sharpe, Oklahoma City Thunder

Athletic Trainer:  Jon Ishop, New Orleans Pelicans

  1. snoopy2014 - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    “Rehabbing from a long season.” Does he have an actual injury? I guess the Spurs can’t slap on DNP-OLD on the young gun.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for an organization protecting its financial interests. Players can easily burn out playing all year long. Just think it’s funny that the Spurs organization starts inundating young players right away in the rest/don’t wear down philosophy.

    • taylormade311 - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      I don’t know the medical term, but his knees weren’t right during the finals.

    • bucrightoff - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      Yeah, I’m gonna go ahead and defer to the franchise with 14(!!!!) straight 50 win seasons. Seems like they know what they’re doing.

    • spursareold - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      He has quad tendonitis, AKA “jumpers knee”. He didn’t play back to backs after he came back from his initial recouperation period.

    • ryanrockzzz - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      I dont know if I think there is anything crazy about it. They want to protect their young players, and this USA basketball stuff is just a needless minicamp that can only do more harm than good for a player like Leonard, who played more minutes this year then ever before.

      • snoopy2014 - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:40 PM

        I agree with you. Playing for your country is one thing, but the minicamp isn’t worth sacrificing your body for.

        I wasn’t aware that he had an actual knee injury, I thought it was more along the lines of rest for rest’s sake. The jumper’s knee thing makes a lot more sense, and they’re definitely wise to protect their investment considering this kid looks like he’ll be a stud for quite a while.

    • jimathai - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      who said it was the spurs decision?

  2. freeworld - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    there will be other opportunities, get them knees back in shape for a long successful career. you will become great K.L Spurs future.

  3. circuscivics - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    He had Jumper’s Knee aka Patellar Tendonitis. Assuming the advice came from the Spurs, it is good advice to get some rest for that knee.

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